Wildwood Teacher Receives Junior League Grant for Outdoor Area
- June 14, 2011
Junior League of Baton Rouge (JLBR) Board Director Erin Monroe Wesley (right), presented a check to Wildwood Elementary Pre-K teacher Cynthia Murphy (left), at a JLBR Community Assistance Fund Grant awards presentation held in mid-May in the Manship Theatre Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Cynthia Murphy, a Wildwood Elementary School Pre-K teacher, is the recipient of a $1,500 Junior League of Baton Rouge Community Assistance Grant. Funds from the award will be used to continue upgrades to the school’s outdoor play area for lower grades and special needs students.
Over the last few months, several volunteers from the Woodlawn Boy Scout Troop 203, the Louisiana State University Community Playground Service Project Team, the Capital Area Rotary Club, Kids Hope U.S.A. and the Wildwood Parent Association have joined forces to transform the school’s playground into an educational, functional and fun area for the children. As a result of this collaborative effort, the school’s youngest students now have a new playhouse, some large standing activity boards and an outdoor classroom. In addition, a local company has pledged to provide the materials to build a concrete bike and wheelchair path.
Murphy’s grant will provide the funds to continue the next phase of the playground renovation. Planned projects in this phase include park benches, planter boxes for outdoor science lessons, a pergola (an arbor garden feature) to cover the planned bike and wheelchair paths and paint to complete the playhouse.
Founded in 1932, the Junior League of Baton Rouge Inc. (JLBR) is a non-profit organization committed to developing the potential of young women, promoting volunteerism and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLBR’s Community Assistance Fund (CAF) was established to assist non-profit agencies in the Baton Rouge area with specific, short-termed monetary needs. For the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the JLBR has awarded a total of $55,803 through CAF grants. For more information, contact Pat Duhon at (225) 226-7665 or email@example.com
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